Look at architectural details of the Russian Orthodox church in Kedainiai. There were four small towers like this one on my picture put on four sides of the roof of the church. I found them rather unique for these churches.
It was definetely off the beaten path. I found this living, doggy creature walking on a lawn full of yellow flowers close to the Russian Orthodox church. Try to guess where was his back?
This house on my picture was built of wooden logs. Despite it was neglected I noticed that it was inhabited.
It's user put wooden boards instead of glass in the window overlooking a street. What for or why? Maybe to avoid noise (what noise? there was no traffic there) or to avoid such paparazzi like me (hmm... there were no tourists there) or to avoid thefts? (hmm... what valuables were hidden inside?). Any other ideas?
I paid attention to the two out-of-use, old-fashionable, ceramic insulators put on its front facade just below the roof (enlarge my picture, please). I remember them from my countryside holidays in Poland when I was a kid.
There were a few religious, wooden statues put outdoors on a lawn around the Saint Joseph Roman catholic church. They were high and thin with a kind of roof topped by the holy cross above which made them a kind of small chapels. They looked exactly on right place just by the wooden church.
I paid attention to the thin, relatively high and made of white brick chimeney of the wooden house :-). It was accompanied by the TV antenna :-(
I didn't find many similar chimneys both in Lithuania and neighbouring countries: Latvia and Poland. Most of chimneys were made of red bricks and were not so thin and high.
This balcony of red brick house stood on the square located at the end of main town street - Didzioji. The house was overlooking Nevezis River on the back. There was inscription 1939 above the balcony.
This house looked similar to some older houses in my hometown although there were more German influences than Russian in Tychy.
Look at typical patterns of windows and shutters of old, wooden houses in Kedainiai.
They were sometimes painted in two contrast colours: for example green and white (on my picture) or in one colour but always different than the whole house (brown and yellow for example) or they were not painted for years :-).
Go to Kedainiai to enjoy your eyes !!! Hurry up, to arrive before hordes of tourists and before they paint the city in new, modern patterns (hopefully never!). I was there on time haha.
This wooden, green, ground floor and relatively long house stood on the opposite (that was eastern) side of a street (at # 3).
As I noticed it was inhabited and its inhabitants didn't put wooden boards in place of window glass like their neighbour from the oposite side of a street.
The next house, futher down a street was wooden as well - put its picture on my Kedainiai front page - click here
I paid attention to typical Lithuanian double doors - the wooden external ones and the internal ones with glass windows. And look how they were painted.
The next wooden house was painted in very bright yellow colour. So, it didn't look so secret and old. Hmm... did they have too much yellow paint? :-)))
Never mind, I would not paint it but I did like it as well. Especially the wooden shutters painted in another colour.
Look at a little messy and small backyard (?) of the wooden house. No grass, no flowers but some old bricks there. Please, do not build brick house in place of this wooden one!
This house was still living and unique skansen of local architecture - not so easy to find in Europe nowadays. Well, there were glasses in windows there in contrast to the front window where wooden boards were fixed.
Now, the best of Kedainiai !!!
I was lucky to find a group of lovely, old, wooden, secret and authentic houses at the beginning of a street south of a street (Kranto I g.) which run along southern bank of Nevezis River. Do not miss it.
These houses were the most beautiful I found in Lithuania during my trip. Well, I have a lot of to discover in Lithuania during my next trips to this charming country.
Look at Saint George church (more in my Must See Activities).
I was told that the center of medieval Kedainiai (complitely destroyed later by fires and foreign troops) was located on opposite bank of Nevezis river where the first church of Saint George was built in the 15th-16th centuries. It was later rebuilt in the 18th-19th centuries. The church was Gothic in style but with later acquired Baroque features as well.
This church was less interesting for me as there were many similar churches around my place in Poland.
Look at the southern bank of Nevezis River. It was a place where the old town starts or ends. There were a few 2-store, brick and older buildings overlooking the Nevezis River.
I can say that the southern bank of the river had urban character while the northern - rural one. I was told that the first settlement of Kedainiai was founded in 14th century or before on the rural, northern bank. It didn't survive though.
Look at smiling kids playing along the northern bank of the Nevezis River. Hmm... a little bit terrific picture. Where were parents of these kids? In my country, each year there are a few tragic, fatal accidents of children falling into deep water. I didn't examine how deep Nevezis River was there but... be careful.